Navy plugs in a new backfield
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Navy plugs in a new backfield

Midshipmen faced added challenge of first-year starting QB in new backfield

Photo: Dishan Romine

If Navy running backs were graded by NFL scouts, they would be judged as system players. It’s a back-handed compliment often handed out to “system” quarterbacks to devalue their draft stock.

But in the Navy triple-option, it’s not necessarily criticism. The system is designed to dictate who gets the ball. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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